The Distance Learning Office provides instructional support for students, faculty and staff participating in e-learning environments.


Online course content is delivered on the Moodle learning platform. New student accounts are generated within 24-48 hours after registering for classes. Courses will be visible at 8:00 AM on the first day of instruction. Check course schedules in WebAdvisor for start dates.

New to online learning? 

Watch brief how-to videos: Using Moodle: Video Tutorials

View Online Course Expectations prior to registering for online courses.

Meet technical requirements (computer specifications) prior to taking online courses: Recommended Hardware and Software

Be advised: Online learning requires technology proficency and time management skills beyond that of a seated class.

Courses in Moodle look like this:

student help


Hours and Contact Information

The Distance Learning Staff is available Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM during the fall and spring semesters and Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM during summer session. Distance learning email is checked and returned weekend afternoons. (note: The office is closed Fall Break, Spring Break and all-campus holidays.)

For assistance with Moodle and online class-related needs, contact Distance Learning at (828) 627-4619 or email:

To register for classes, contact your advisor or the department assistant for your program of study.

To apply to HCC, you may apply online or contact Student Services at (828) 627-4500.

For issues with HCC's WebAdvisor, Email login, or Office 365, contact the IT Help Desk at (828) 565-4009.

If you are unsure if online learning is a good fit for your educational plan and technical skill level, please view "Are Online Courses Right for Me?" .

Distance Learning Department Mission

The mission of Distance Learning (DL) at Haywood Community College is to provide high-quality learning opportunities to students in all stages of life through the use of state-of-the-art technology and alternative modes of instruction.

The Distance Learning Department's Goals are to:

  • Manage the delivery of distance learning courses for curriculum programs in online and hybrid formats.
  • Promote alternative delivery methods (e.g., podcasts) of distance learning courses.
  • Provide training to distance learning faculty, both technical and pedagogical.
  • Evaluate course quality and ensure compliance with regional accrediting standards.
  • Provide help desk assistance to student and faculty in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Investigate and recommend instructional technology for use in both distance learning and traditional course settings.
  • Investigate and encourage best practices in instruction.
  • Work with other institutions in order to share resources (e.g., learning objects).
  • Promote the growth of distance learning offerings at HCC, with the eventual goal being that all applicable programs are offered online or in a hybrid-online combination.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities related to teaching and learning.

Partner Organizations:

Distance Learning

  • Cheryl Fulghum
    Phone number: 565-4280
    Office/building: 209, Freedlander Learning Center
  • Ken Hipps
    Instructional Technology Specialist
    Phone number: 565-4082
    Office/building: 242, Freedlander Learning Center
  • Marc Lehmann
    Instructional Technology Specialist
    Phone number: 565-4025
    Office/building: 210, Freedlander Learning Center